Touring in colorado - advice needed

Discussion in 'Touring and recreational cycling' started by Duncan Grimes, Apr 16, 2018 at 6:52 AM.

  1. Duncan Grimes

    Duncan Grimes New Member

    Feb 5, 2018
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    Hi all,

    I’m planning a 10 day cycle trip in Colorado in mid- May. We’re flying into Denver and thinking to make our way over to Grand Junction, where we can fly or train it back to Denver.

    We’re 3 guys who cycle regularly but probably little out of shape after winter in Europe. We’re riding touring/road bikes with panniers so can’t do too much off-road/mountain biking.

    We’d like to do around 30-40 miles a day but also work in rest days to see some national parks, watch a rodeo, look around small towns etc.

    So, I’d love any feedback on places people would recommend we definitely go to or miss out. We’re looking for some mountain/forest scenery, cycling quieter roads, swimming and interesting small towns.

    Also, we’d like to start at lower elevation and build up to bigger climbs, so tips on where to start at a lower gradient would be super useful?

    Here are there routes we’ve looked at (taking bus to starting point or cycling), I’ve love any feedback on the pros and cons:

    First option,

    Total ascent 5.7km, descent 5.9km

    Second option,

    Total ascent 8.5km, descent 8.6km (very similar to Duncs' route)

    Third option,

    Total ascent 8km, descent 8.5km